Microsoft Boosts Focus on XML-Based Services
Vision for new language outlined, new development tools delivered.Microsoft Corp. is seeking to make XML-based Web services easier to develop with the delivery of several new tools and, ultimately, a new XML-based language optimized to handle data rather than objects. The Redmond, Wash., company last month delivered three tools to help users develop around XML. Perhaps holding more promise for developers, however, particularly those in the Microsoft world, is a vision for a new XML "language" that company insiders are calling X# (pronounced X sharp), a .Net language based on the companys C#. According to sources close to the company, Microsoft officials, citing the increasing importance of XML and XSD (XML Schema Definition) in application development, are looking at adding intrinsic XML and data support in the new language.
Don Box, a Microsoft .Net software architect, hinted at the development of a new XML-based language at the XML conference in Baltimore last month. During his keynote address at the conference, Box dropped hints that Microsoft was beginning to look at a "data-oriented language. XML and Web services push data manipulation into mainstream programming," Box said. "But current substrates are optimized for objects, not data."